Social Services

Social Services

Empty Tomb seeks volunteers for project to help children

CHAMPAIGN — Kids need a place to keep their clothes and school books, and the Christian service organization Empty Tomb hopes to provide hundreds of needy children with something they don't have — cupboards of their own.

Champaign woman off to Haiti for sixth time since quake

CHAMPAIGN — In the past two years, Leanna Cossman has made five trips to Haiti to help care for the country's sick and suffering people.

And she's not done yet.

Cossman is preparing to make her sixth trip to Haiti in February with a small group planning to conduct medical training.

"I can't wait to get back," she said. "I feel I've been gone forever."

Tax help program finds new home

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of the Champaign-Urbana area who need help filing taxes can get it from AARP Tax-Aide volunteers at the Stevick Senior Center in downtown Champaign, beginning Feb. 6.

Pajama party aims to help kids

CHAMPAIGN — Two local women are inviting the local community to an adult pajama party in downtown Champaign this weekend, hoping to help local kids who don't have warm pajamas of their own.

Boys & Girls Club to seek new leader

CHAMPAIGN — The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club will look for a new executive director.

The club's board announced Wednesday it has decided against renewing the contract of its current executive director, Andre Arrington, and will immediately begin a national search for someone to replace him.

Volunteers sought for fund-raiser

CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home is seeking about 100 volunteers to help with its upcoming fund-raiser for the homeless, One Winter Night, set for Feb. 3-4.

The event will be held in downtown Champaign along Neil Street, as more than two dozen people spend the night sleeping out in the cold in cardboard boxes.

Boys & Girls Club board won't renew director's contract

CHAMPAIGN — The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club board has decided against renewing the contract of the organization's executive director, Andre Arrington, the board announced this afternoon.

The board said it is moving in a different direction and will begin a national search for a new executive director.

'Power blitz' offers energy-bill assistance

DANVILLE — Families and individuals can apply for energy bill assistance at the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency's "power blitz" later this week.

Event scheduled to raise funds, awareness about homelessness

CHAMPAIGN — Local officials and others will sleep outside in cardboard boxes in downtown Champaign on the night of Feb. 3 to help raise awareness of homelessness and money for C-U at Home.

Participants will be outside in boxes along Neil Street, from One Main Plaza to the City Building, between 5 and 9 p.m.